Feb 13 2012

Saigon Cyclo Challenge

Published by under Events

Although Saigon has many forms of transportation, like motorbikes and taxis, one of the most unique ways to travel the city’s streets is by cyclo. You sit in the front, kind of like royalty, and you are peddled to your destination. I would almost say that your trip to Saigon wouldn’t be complete without taking … read the full post

Feb 08 2012

Flying domestically in Vietnam

Published by under Transport

An often-asked question on the Travelfish.org Vietnam forum is, “Should I book my flights in advance or when I get to Vietnam?” The answer depends on a number of factors, most notably when and where you want to fly, how flexible your flight times are and what your budget is. So it’s not an easy … read the full post

Feb 06 2012

Saigon Pub Crawl

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Besides having cafes and street food, Saigon also has a fair share of bars and clubs, I guess you need something to do once the cafes close. Since there are so many bars sometimes it can be hit and miss to find a place with people without walking all over town. The best way is … read the full post

Feb 02 2012

Hanoi people: The editor

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In my quest to bring you alternative perspectives on Hanoi, I met with Ian Paynton, deputy editor-in-chief of Word magazine. Word is two bilingual publications aimed at foreign residents and locals in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and is available free at various locations around town as well as online. We met one drizzly … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Where to get a late drink in Hanoi… in February 2012

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Hanoi‘s social scene has been undergoing notable change for some years now, with new bars and restaurants springing up all over the place despite the reasonably strictly enforced curfew. The problem with this proliferation of venues is that there aren’t actually enough customers to go round. New bars open and, if they’re any good, they … read the full post

Jan 30 2012

Saigon’s Bitexco Financial Tower

As soon as you hit the ground in Saigon you can’t help but notice the large building that anchors the city’s skyline. Bitexco Financial Tower stands at 68 storeys, or 262 metres high, and was designed to look like a lotus flower sprouting out of the city and in an abstract way it kind of … read the full post

Jan 26 2012

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Buom and Ma May

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Continuing on from where I left off on my last “36 streets” post, Lan Ong (traditional medicine street) turns in Hang Buom. While the streets around the edges of Old Quarter tend to be oriented towards local life, Hang Buom smoothly makes the transition into tourist-land. Hang Buom originally sold sails. There’s little demand for … read the full post

Jan 26 2012

More of Saigon’s best cafes

Published by under Food

There are probably thousands of cafés in Saigon. Seriously. Yesterday, while walking around the Crescent, I counted five cafes on just one corner. It’s crazy! I’ve already written about my selections for Saigon’s best cafes. While I would say that these are still some of the cream of the crop, I wanted to let you … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Minh’s Jazz Club in Hanoi

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Quyen Van Minh is Vietnam‘s best-known jazz saxophonist, having fallen in love with the music some 30 years ago and developing his own style of Vietnamese jazz. Now he teaches young musicians at the Hanoi Conservatory and runs a popular jazz club in Hanoi. For years, Minh’s Jazz Club was on Luong Van Can Street … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Nha Trang’s Vinpearl Land

Published by under Nha Trang

Nha Trang is my favourite place in Vietnam that isn’t Saigon. Hanging out on the beach or relaxing in a mud bath at bargain prices suits me. But more than just relaxing, Nha Trang is a fun place too. One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Nha Trang is an island, … read the full post

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